Almost a year ago I was blogging about SCS Software’s Euro Truck Simulator 2 and it’s French expansion, well it will come as little surprise to anyone that a year later and as the game reaches it’s 5th birthday, I’m still raving about the game.
Ever had a single player game that you willed the developers to continue to support and develop, beyond the first couple of DLCs, well SCS are still giving this game so much love it’s crazy. Now averaging a Map Expansion DLC per year (Scandinavia 2015/France 2016/Italy 2017) the game has also had some additional bonus DLC’s like the Heavy Cargo Pack which came out mid-year and the Special Transport in December too.
If the Map Expansions were just adding more roads into the game, it would tanked ages ago, what SCS Software strive for is to create an area that is visually different from others you have already played.
The Going East! Expansion unlocked eastern Europe giving players more challenges in terms of road and jobs to complete, it also gave players new landscapes and farmland to enjoy.
In the ScandinaviaMap Expansion there are numerous mountain roads giving amazing views while crossing fjords, there are landmarks dotted around the place, you even have to negotiate roundabouts inside mountains.
Contrastly the Vive la France!Map Expansion see’s up delivering to Power Plants, navigating our way through small country lanes and villages, and if you have ever been to France SCS Software nailed the fact there are toll booths EVERYWHERE.
The last Expansion Italia has a rich tapestry of environments where we encounter dual lane carriageways winding their way through the Apennines descending into farmland. The climate as you descend into land surrounded by the Mediterranean changes and feels warm in it’s nature ( sounds crazy I know).
List the expansions is easy, however what is impressive with all these expansions is that SCS Software pay so much attention to small details, the look and feel of each area is different, the road layouts and intersections, the architecture of the buildings all lend themselves to creating a much more immersive game. The lighting in town and cities is much better now, there are adverts and billboards that give the word a much more lived in feeling.
As I mentioned the Heavy Cargo and Special transport give the game more elements that mean things have to approached differently, can your truck handle the heavier load? Will you successfully drive that Wide Load taking the correct prompts from the special leading and trailing cars. This gives more things to do it this already busy game.
I enjoy taking screenshots in games normally you have to tweak setting in order to get rid of the GUI, amend the configuration file or use some third party software.
So when a game like Euro Truck Sim 2 has a build in camera mode, it makes me very happy as it allows you to pause the game, alter the camera angle and view.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 was released in January 2013 and for a 4 year old game it’s really still got some stamina, the game has recently received another large DLC that expand the size of the world map in the form of major French cities and some work around the linking roads.
I’ve always been impressed by how much the company SCS are still supporting this title and it goes to show that the longevity of a game isn’t solely dictated by size of the studio or company, but the fan base and a product that is enjoyable. Not something you are likely to see from the likes of Call of Duty, where each year brings something new, quicker or fancier to collect the FPS’ers annual tithe.
I think this dedication is also reflected in the recent Steam Awards where the title walked away with two awards, one for “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” and the community award “Sit Back and Relax”.
I’ve recently had chance to take part in the Grand Gift Delivery 2016 – Holiday delivery event, which was to Drive 10 christmas themed loads to different cities in Europe, it was a great laugh and I ended up unlocking some new areas and routes I’d not taken before. This all helps to feed into my map completion activities, which drops with each new map DLC released.
Some play the game with a keyboard and mouse as I did when starting out, but now I use my wired XBox 360 controller for much of the driving related tasks, swapping back to the mouse+keyboard when using the interfaces or to use a function I haven’t mapped. I don’t have much desk space so as much as the idea of a steering wheel is nice it really isn’t practical, below is the mapping I use, in case you fancy giving it a whirl.
So I may have been bitten by the Euro Truck Simulator 2 bug. When you haven’t accidentally flipped the cab and trailer, the game is so relaxing and you get to experience interacting with other drivers from the comfort of your own home. mostly swearing. Of course the Map/road clearing has to be completed in preparation for the Going East DLC which is due to be released on the 20th of September opening up more of Europe for truckers.
You may have been aware that Trilobyte Games returned to the gaming scene with their 7th Guest title on iPad, but the better news is that there is to be a third instalment of their ground-breaking series. The game has been green-light on Steam but’s I’m not sure on release dates, you can read more over at their website or at social media locations.
After nearly 2 years of hunting for a theme that I don’t find repulsive, I believe that I’ve settled on Able. Thankfully it wasn’t lacking on features I new tend to expect and required no code alteration and minimal CSS changes.